The Detroit Tigers are chasing the Cleveland Indians for American League Central supremacy and they are now rumored to be chasing a bunch of pitchers near the MLB trade deadline to improve their chances of winning the division.
According to Jon Morosi from the MLB Network, the Tigers are confirmed to be in the market for a starting pitcher.
Morosi added that the Tigers may be targeting Jeremy Hellickson (Philadelphia Phillies) and Hector Santiago (Los Angeles Angels).
Meanwhile, CBS Sports speculates that Detroit could also be targeting pitchers Jeremy Jake Odorizzi (Tampa Bay Rays) or Drew Smyly (Tampa Bay Rays) along with Hellickson via a trade.
Both the Phillies and Rays have struggled this season and could be looking to deal Hellickson and Odorizzi and Smyly, respectively in exchange for young prospects from the Tigers. Smyly played for the Tigers from 2012 to 2014 and is also being linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates in other MLB rumors.
The Tigers already have Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer but the thought in Detroit is that they still have to improve their bullpen to have a better shot at the postseason and overtaking the Indians in the AL Central Division.
The Tigers are four and half games back the Indians for top of their division. They have a chance to sweep the Houston Astros on Sunday and improve their winning streak to six games. Detroit will face the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets in their next two three-game series.
Should Detroit continue their pursuit of a pitcher near the MLB trade deadline? Which among Hellickson, Odorizzi, Santiago and Smyly should the Tigers trade for by Sunday?
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